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Household Hazardous Waste (HHW)

Products used for cleaning, home improvements, automobile maintenance, and lawn and garden care contain ingredients that can harm human health and the environment.  Properly disposing of these hazardous products will keep our community safe and clean.

Items such as solvents, paint/stain/varnish, yard/garden products (including pesticides and herbicides), batteries, automotive products (including gasoline and oil), compact fluorescent light tubes, TVs, and computer monitors are considered hazardous waste.

If something is hazardous, the label will contain one of these signal words:

  • Caution
  • Danger
  • Poison
  • Warning
  • Corrosive
  • Flammable
  • Explosive
  • Oxidizer
  • Irritant
  • Environmental Hazard

If the label contains one or more of these words, it is hazardous waste and is accepted at household hazardous waste collection sites.  Do not throw hazardous waste in with your trash, recycling or compost.

Accepted Materials

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Prohibited Materials

Explosives, ammunition, radioactive items, biomedical waste, and tires are not accepted at hazardous waste collection sites or the Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Facility.  For information on proper disposal of prohibited materials, call Boise City at 208-608-7136 or Ada County at 208-577-4736.

Needles, sharps, and syringes

Diseases such as Hepatitis A and C, and HIV can be transmitted from needle sticks. Needles, sharps (lancets) and syringes should be safely managed to prevent injury and disease transmission. Learn more on how to safely dispose of these items.

Household Hazardous Waste collection truck with car in front and people dropping off materials